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India spends a huge amount of money on developing infrastructure, which then people use to exploit to gain new social and economic opportunities. But these enablers --- such as roads and bridges --- are often destroyed by rampaging floodwaters and excessive rainfall ---- both linked to climate change. So if India wants to protect its crucial investments, it needs to tackle climate, and reversing land degradation of a sure-shot way of doing it.(HT PHOTO)

Why restoring degraded land is critical for India

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 05:12 PM IST
It will help provide livelihoods, tackle climate change, and protect infrastructure
Degraded land spanning 26 million hestares (ha) in India will be restored by 2030, Narenda Modi announced at the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).(ANI Photo)
Degraded land spanning 26 million hestares (ha) in India will be restored by 2030, Narenda Modi announced at the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).(ANI Photo)

India to restore 26 million ha of degraded land by 2030: PM Modi at climate meet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 02:14 PM IST
PM Modi also announced that the Centre would establish a South-South Centre for Sustainable Land Restoration which will provide knowledge and training to all countries affected by land degradation.
PM Narendra Modi also announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.(File photo: PTI)
PM Narendra Modi also announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.(File photo: PTI)

‘Time to say goodbye’: PM Modi goes global with campaign against single-use plastic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 02:21 PM IST
PM Modi cited India’s experience with Swacch Bharat campaign that expanded sanitation cover from 38 % to 99% in five years to underscore that real change would not come by introducing new frameworks but would be powered by teamwork on the ground.
PM Narendra Modi at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida.(ANI)
PM Narendra Modi at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida.(ANI)

Highlights| ‘Time to say goodbye to single use plastic’: PM Modi at COP 14 UN Convention in Greater Noida

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 12:23 PM IST
PM Narendra Modi addresses the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
The increase in extreme rainfall events links up with land degradation because one of its major causes is soil erosion. Soil aridity is also increasing in India with rise in land temperature, experts said. (Photo by Ragul Krishnan/ HT PHOTO)(HT PHOTO)
The increase in extreme rainfall events links up with land degradation because one of its major causes is soil erosion. Soil aridity is also increasing in India with rise in land temperature, experts said. (Photo by Ragul Krishnan/ HT PHOTO)(HT PHOTO)

In just 12 days of August, 1,000 extreme rain events

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 06:57 AM IST
CSE head Sunita Narain red-flagged the rise in extreme weather events and how they are going to exacerbate land degradation in future at a media briefing on desertification.
Nearly 30% of India’s land area has been degraded through deforestation, over-cultivation, soil erosion and depletion of wetlands, says a 2016 study by Space Applications Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation.(REUTERS)
Nearly 30% of India’s land area has been degraded through deforestation, over-cultivation, soil erosion and depletion of wetlands, says a 2016 study by Space Applications Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation.(REUTERS)

If it is not tackled in time, land degradation can trigger conflict

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:56 PM IST
The government must take the warning on desertification seriously because land has synergistic benefits for biodiversity and creating carbon sink
India has promised to convert nearly 50 lakh hectare degraded land into “fertile land” in the next 10 years.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
India has promised to convert nearly 50 lakh hectare degraded land into “fertile land” in the next 10 years.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

UN convention with focus on land degradation begins today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 05:24 AM IST
Out of the 196 countries, 122 countries including India have agreed to become land degradation neutral (LDN) by 2030, as specified in the goal 15.3 of the sustainable development goals.
MGNREGA’s natural resource management (NRM) works which include raising plantations, restoring and making farm ponds, groundwater recharge structures, watershed management among others do just that.(HT image)
MGNREGA’s natural resource management (NRM) works which include raising plantations, restoring and making farm ponds, groundwater recharge structures, watershed management among others do just that.(HT image)

Land degradation target can be met by utilising 100-day work scheme | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2019 11:50 AM IST
A desertification and land degradation Atlas by Space Applications Centre showed that 29.32% of total geographical area during 2011-13 was undergoing land degradation. Globally, one-third of the total geographical area is degraded.
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)

India must step up efforts to tackle climate change

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 07:15 PM IST
The UN report indicates the need for more climate-sensitive food and less wastage
Asia is among areas worst affected by land degradataion, the report has said.(AP file photo)
Asia is among areas worst affected by land degradataion, the report has said.(AP file photo)

Land degradation to increase hunger, food prices: IPCC report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 02:53 PM IST
IPCC’s Climate Change and Land report’s summary for policy makers released in Geneva on Thursday revealed that since the pre-industrial period, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as much as the global average temperature.
The report, released on Tuesday, says the two main drivers for such unprecedented ecological loss is over-exploitation of resources and agriculture.(AP File Photo)
The report, released on Tuesday, says the two main drivers for such unprecedented ecological loss is over-exploitation of resources and agriculture.(AP File Photo)

Human need wiping out animals at alarming rate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2018 11:42 PM IST
The global ecological footprint over the past 50 years has increased by over 190% and this has fuelled the loss in biodiversity, says the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Living Planet report .
Farming contributes to and is adversely impacted by climate change, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.(HT File Photo)
Farming contributes to and is adversely impacted by climate change, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.(HT File Photo)

Govt plans Rs 65,000-crore project to reduce greenhouse gases from agriculture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 07:29 AM IST
The goal of the project, with a run period 2018-2025, is to “sequestrate” 49.9 million tonnes of carbon gasses through improved agro-ecosystems.
Degradation, desertification and drought erode the quality of land and adversely impact productivity, biodiversity and water availability.(File Photo)
Degradation, desertification and drought erode the quality of land and adversely impact productivity, biodiversity and water availability.(File Photo)

20 mn tonnes of potential food production hit by land degradation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Malavika Vyawahare
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 11:51 PM IST
According to a ministry-sponsored report, the total cost of land degradation, desertification and drought was 2.54% of India’s GDP in 2014-15.
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